Sunset Magazine’s Irish Oatmeal Bread

"I found this in Sunset a couple of years ago and it is my favorite bread recipe now! This bread is light and fluffy if you follow the directions exactly (be sure to soak the oats in the boiling water) Love ya- Grace!"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
2 loafs




  • Combine the first 5 ingredients in the bowl of a stand-up mixer, and let stand 25 minutes.
  • Dissolve granulated sugar and yeast in warm water; let stand 5 minutes or until foamy. Add to oat mixture. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gradually add flour to oat mixture. Beat at medium speed until well blended.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).
  • Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Divide in half. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll each portion into a 14 x 8-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Roll up each rectangle tightly, starting with a short edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Place each loaf, seam sides down, in a 9-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350º. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes or until loaves are browned on bottom and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pan, and cool on wire racks.

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  1. This bread turned out perfectly and was the best choice to accompany our Irish stew (you can view the menu here: Menu #59844.) Used Irish steel cut oats and unbleached white flour. I cut the recipe in half and yet had enough dough to make (2) medium sized loaves.The texture and flavor were perfect and as good as any bread I've bought from our excellent local bakeries. Plan to make this again *very soon*! My husband loved the bread which is always worth mentioning. ;) Thank you!
  2. This bread tastes great! Lazy me - I used the bread machine's multi-grain dough cycle to mix it but had to let rise the traditional way as there was simply too much dough for the bread machine to contain! This is a dense bread that I will alter a bit the next go round (and it will be made again!). I will decreas the oas to 1 cup & the water to 1 3/4 cups. Oh


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